Originally Posted by ChatterRed
It's attitudes like many on this board, that make it easy for the Reds to continue to be an embarrassment. :thumbdown
Who says people aren't upset or frustrated? I've long known that the mathematical equation for "Sports Anguish" is:
PAIN = (JOY^2) x -1
In other words, take the joy your team shows itself capable of, square it, then make it negative, and that's how much pain they'll eventually make you feel. The Pain Vector is equal in length to the Joy-squared Vector, just in the opposite direction. And last night? Man, that was some Joy: we touched up a 2 time Cy Young winner worse than he's been touched up all year, we got a lead. JOY. We lost that lead. PAIN. We rallied bravely to retake the lead from the current hottest team in baseball. BIGGER JOY. We still pissed it away in the end. ULTIMATE PAIN. One of the bigger pains of the year, honestly.
So see: I hurt. Prick me, do I not bleed (red)?
It's just that there's no fricking point posting about it, and frankly, you're doing this medium a disservice if your suggestion is that more people SHOULD post about such things. I'm convinced that some significant percentage of the market for sports-talk radio and interweb message boards are mentally enfeebled folks who (a) believe that the more a thing is repeated, the more true it becomes and (b) believe that they are contributing to some greater good by being one of the people repeating those things. I, in fact, would take the opposite stance from you, and suggest the world would be a far better place if more people would just realize "Oh, it's been said already" and keep mum, instead of feeling like the world is dying to hear/read them piling on to parrot largely-dubious notions. Be original, be practical, be constructive, and you can post away; otherwise, who really cares?
But feel free to enlighten me: you suggest it's folks like me who "make it easy for the Reds to keep losing"... I'd like to know precisely how posting indignant rage on a message board, providing no discernable solutions to the Reds problems, or alternately, providing "solutions" that would actually make things worse or "solutions" that are utterly impractical outside of a videogame world where you set the Computer GM's artificial intelligence to "houseplant," makes the Reds a better team.
What are you gonna do, create some kind of viral marketing campaign so that the Reds ballpark attendence drops from 14th in the league to 15th? Yeah, that'll show 'em we fans mean business!